Peru quake shakes earthquake-prone South America

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Peru quake shakes earthquake-prone South America

Written by Staff Writer Staff Writer

This story is part of our daily series on the Sumatran earthquake’s impact on the world. Did you have an experience or damage from the earthquake? Email [email protected]

(CNN) — A strong earthquake hit Peru early Thursday, causing several small buildings to collapse and sparking fears of a tsunami, authorities said.

The United States Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.5 quake occurred at 6:56 a.m. (0156 GMT), about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Lima. It was centered 19 miles (31 kilometers) below the surface.

The USGS said it was likely a shallow earthquake, which can cause more damage, and it was followed by three more aftershocks of magnitude 4.5 or greater.

It was felt in the cities of Arequipa, Angostura and Callao. Residents took to Twitter and Facebook to post pictures and videos.

A spokesman for Peru’s civil defense authority told CNN that authorities were assessing damage.

Local media reports suggested that a possible tsunami might have been triggered in the ocean, but there were no reports of destruction or injuries.

A tsunami warning was lifted just before 10 a.m. (0800 GMT), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Peru sits on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire,” a geological hotspot prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanoes.

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